Day 2 - Urbanism - Conscious Cities Festival 2018

This year’s festival encourages the participation of an international audience by hosting talks from researchers and practitioners around the world in an online event. Talks will last between 20-30 minutes and focus on work involving a science-based people-centred approach to the built environment.

The Right to the City is Henri Lefebvre's call to action to reclaim the city as a co-created space, allowing urban dwellers to remodel their surroundings, and therefore themselves. As Lefebvre stated, a new approach to urbanism must “rescue the citizen as main element and protagonist of the city that he himself had built”. The Right to the City was recognised by the United Nation's New Urban Agenda (2016) as the vision of "cities for all".


Stuff, stories and space: intersectionality and the dangers of talking at cross-purposes about the city

Dr. Kate Crawford

Dr. Kate Crawford

Volunteer Director at Co-Risk Labs and Transition Town Brixton

Kate has worked for a variety of private sector and international humanitarian and development organisations on water, sanitation and shelter. In the UK, Kate has worked on the design of eco-buildings, as a university teaching fellow, and in two start-ups.  

Kate will talk about her practice and research as an engineer and aid worker and reflect on what it might mean in our technical conversations about cities if we ignore power, race, gender and history. Kate will explore how built environment professionals help to create the narratives of urban risk and disasters and how this plays into the discourse of international humanitarian intervention. The paradoxes in the ways we talk
about working in, conceptualising and fixing spaces in a city should also have contemporary resonance in London's conversations about smart, resilient and feminist cities.

Urban Mind - using smartphone technologies to investigate the impact of the urban environment on mental wellbeing in real time

Dr. Andrea Mechelli

Dr. Andrea Mechelli

Professor of Early Intervention in Mental Health, KCL

Andrea's research involves the integration of machine learning techniques with neuroimaging data, with the aim of developing and validating novel tools for the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders.

Urban Mind: In the past few years he has pursued a new line of research involving the use of smartphone technologies to monitor the impact of the surrounding environment on mental wellbeing as people go about their daily life.

The experience city - How the designed experience can transform our cities

Adam Scott

Adam Scott

Global Head of Design at Hassell, Director at FreeState

Adam is Founder and Executive Creative Director for pioneering Experience Masterplanners FreeState, he is Global Head of Design at leading international design practice Hassell, he is internationally recognised as an expert in experience design and is personally responsible for storyboarding some of the world's greatest brands. 

Graduate of the RCA in 1999, trained as an architect and artist, he creates and curates experiences for some of the most exciting and demanding clients on the planet, from the world’s biggest brands including Sony, Nokia and Virgin Atlantic, to world-class property developers including Brookfield Mutiiplex and Exemplar. Whether working with global brands, property developers or major institutions he is an expert in developing user-focused stories, designed journeys and immersive experiences that connect people with brands, each other and places.

Adam will look at city-making projects from around the world and describe how learning from the world of brand strategy and experience design can better connect end-users with a more meaningful and more memorable experience place.

The presentation will explore: • The value of thinking about the city as a strong/human/active brand • How to create relevant developments that inspire people to stay • Creating developments that are cultural resilient and better over time

Citizen sensing - From smart to shared cities

Frank Kresin

Frank Kresin

Managing Director at the DesignLab, University of Twente

Frank has been involved in a great number of projects and programmes focusing on Creative Care, Future Internet, Maker Movement, Smart Cities and Smart Citizens. He is the co-founder of Apps for Europe, City SDK, CineGrid, Code 4 Europe, Digital Social Innovation, Making Sense and the Smart Citizens Lab. He regularly publishes on transdisciplinary research in the creative industries. 

The DesignLab which Frank leads is the creative hub of the University of Twente, where academic research and societal challenges meet, mediated by design processes.

Frank will discuss how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be used by local communities to make sense of their environments.

Visual neuroscience, streetscape design and architectural atmosphere

Prof. Colin Ellard

Prof. Colin Ellard

University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Neuroscientist, author and design consultant working at the intersection of psychology and architectural and urban design. Colin is the author of ‘Places of the Heart: The Psychogeography of Everyday Life’, exploring how homes, workplaces, cities and nature influence the brain and body.

"In this talk, I will begin by describing some of the basic facts of visual perception and neuroscience, with an emphasis on findings that relate to the experience of the city.  I will focus in particular on the influence of the centre and the periphery and suggest, with some support from recent studies in my lab, that the peripheral visual field makes a special contribution to the experience of architectural atmosphere and, through this, affects our emotional state and our engagement in city spaces."

“Enjoy Architecture”

Alison Von Glinow

Alison Von Glinow

Founder Kwong Von Glinow Design Office

Alison Von Glinow is co-founder and principal of Kwong Von Glinow Design Office, a Chicago-based architecture practice with the mission "Enjoy Architecture.”  Founded in 2017, Kwong Von Glinow Design Office has been awarded the 2018 Architectural League Prize of New York for Young Architects and named an Emerging Architecture Practice of 2017 by Wallpaper* Magazine.  Alison earned her Masters of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Alison is a licensed Architect in New York and Illinois, Forefront Fellow of New York's Urban Design Forum, and on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Architecture Club.  Prior to founding Kwong Von Glinow Design Office, Alison worked with Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, SOM in both Chicago and New York, Toshiko Mori Architect in New York, and Svendborg Architects in Copenhagen, Denmark.

As designers who are shaping the future built environment, now is a key moment to question a standardized housing formula and re-evaluate the elements that constitute the home.  Alison Von Glinow will share the projects of her office which explore overlooked elements of what constitute a home: from storage, to circulation, to unit identity. With the belief that architecture is more powerful than the norm, her studio’s design approach “Enjoy Architecture” searches for the relatable to connect to a broad audience and inspire new futures in housing.  

Public life intersections: A new framework for inclusive, healthy places

Jennifer Gardner

Jennifer Gardner

Program Manager at Ghel Institute

Jennifer is an urban planner whose work aims to promote equity and opportunity through human-centered planning and design and sound public policy. She is passionate about bridging theory and practice. Previously, Jennifer was a Senior Planner with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, where she managed a portfolio of planning, policy, and strategic priority projects. At NYC Parks, Jennifer created and led implementation of several initiatives focusing on enhancing equity in public space, including the Community Parks Initiative and the Anchor Parks program, both large-scale and multi-phase capital programs that are actively transforming parks within NYC’s highest-need neighborhoods, and focusing public investment in stewardship and activation through local partnership development and programming. Jennifer’s work with NYC Parks also included resiliency and waterfront design and planning projects. Prior to that, Jennifer led zoning and development proposals through the City’s public approval process for the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, consulted on sustainable transportation projects at WXY Architecture and Urban Design, and was a fellow at the Pratt Center for Community Development. She holds an MS in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a BA in English Literature from Cornell University.

Creating a place for girls – How to increase gender equality in city of the future

Anna Kerr

Anna Kerr

Director of White Arkitekter, Sweden

Anna Kerr has 15 years of professional work experience and she has been involved in projects of all scales, both in design and construction phases. Prior to moving to Sweden she was based in Singapore for 5 years teaching Environmental Management at the National University of Singapore.

With her extensive knowledge in the field of environmental and social sustainability Anna brings together multidisciplinary teams of professionals to deliver internationally acclaimed projects around the world. Anna joined White Arkitekter in 2015 as Head of International Business Development to establish the White Arkitekter’s London office.

About White Arkitekter

White Arkitekter is an interdisciplinary practice for architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design; a collective of 900 employees organised in networks across 13 offices in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom. Embedded in their work is a commitment to sustainability in all its forms, underpinned by practice-based research. The practice works with clients, communities and consultants to create inclusive, resilient architecture that inspires sustainable ways of life.

White’s Places for Girls research taken from in-house anthropologists show that our architectural landscape is full of pockets of inequality. In order to create future cities that are more liveable, we need to take a more diverse and consultative approach to crafting our architectural landscape, ensuring that environments are accessible to everyone, at all stages of life. This talk will consider the importance of process in designing new buildings and urban spaces that are accessible to everyone, and the ways in which a diversified field of industry can improve gender equality in the future city.

Designing for difference: Making cities better for all

Prof. Justin Garrett Moore

Prof. Justin Garrett Moore

NYC Public Design Commission; Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia U. GSAPP

Justin Garrett Moore is an urban designer and the executive director of the New York City Public Design Commission. He has extensive experience in urban design and city planning—from large-scale urban systems, policies, and projects to grassroots and community-focused planning, design, and arts initiatives.

Cities are engines for producing both cohesion and difference across social, economic, and environmental dimensions. By designing for difference and inclusion, urban policymakers, planners, and designers have the opportunity to help shape cities and the public realm to better address social and economic inequality and improve environmental justice.

Learning Landscapes, integrating the science of learning in the built environment

Hirsh-Pasek's talk will cover her more recent work integrating the science of learning into the urban landscape. Learning Landscapes, which includes Urban Thinkscape in Phildelphia is an outcome-driven initiative for enriching the built environment to the benefit of children and families.